But as the season nears its end, Canty, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound guard, said there is a chance he ends up going back to the 2011 class.
"If I qualify I'm going to go in 2011 and if I don't then I'm going to go to 2012," Canty told Scout.com.
"I really want to go in 2011, but it won't hurt me to go 2012," he added. "I'm pushing very hard to go 2011.
Canty recently visited a Big East program and it had him thinking about getting to college as soon as possible.
With that said, Canty is OK with staying in the 2012 class. In fact, the reclassification gave him an instant upgrade with his recruitment.
To go with those two, the other contenders are Seton Hall and Alabama. At this point, the Pirates are the only school that has stepped up with a scholarship offer. He said he hopes to visit Oklahoma and Pittsburgh in the near future.
"I'm still kind of wide open," Canty told Scout.com. "I'm just playing basketball and waiting for the right opportunity. Once I start taking visits I can start narrowing my list down."
On the court, Canty, a standout at North Bridgton (Maine) Bridgton Academy, is enjoying an impressive season. He's currently averaging 18 points and six assists.
"I've been playing solid, but I just need to keep doing things to help us win and make my teammates better," he said.
"I'm a guard that plays with some attitude and hates losing and I can score with the basketball," Canty added. "I see myself as a point guard, but when the team needs me to score I can."
A four-star prospect, Canty is currently ranked No. 9 at the point guard spot in the 2012 class.